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London and Liverpool in Tier 2 – Birmingham and Manchester in Tier 3 as new system revealed

Written by on 26/11/2020

London and Liverpool will be placed in Tier 2 of England’s new system of COVID-19 restrictions, but Birmingham and Manchester will be in Tier 3.

Matt Hancock will make a statement in the House of Commons on the new COVID-19 tiers shortly, but prior to the announcement the government launched a postcode checker for England’s regions.

The website crashed within minutes of the postcode checker being launched.

Areas in Tier 3 include:

  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
  • Leeds
  • Hull
  • City of Wolverhampton
  • Blackpool
  • Kent
  • Coventry

Areas in Tier 2 include:

  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Dorset

The tiered system has been strengthened since the original rules were in place before lockdown, with many more areas in the higher tiers in a bid to keep infection rates down.

In Tier 3, there should be no mixing of households indoors or in most outdoor places, with hospitality venues closed except for takeaway, drive-through or delivery.

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Indoor entertainment venues will also be closed, with people urged to avoid travelling outside the area other than where necessary.

In Tier 2, there should be no mixing of households indoors apart from support bubbles, with the rule of six applying outdoors.

Pubs and bars must close unless operating as restaurants, while hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.

In a move aimed at assuaging anger from local leaders and Conservative MPs Boris Johnson has promised that the tier allocations will be reviewed on 16 December.

And in a bid to soften the blow for Tier 3 areas, ministers are promising them access to rapid-result COVID-19 tests to help bring down infections, as well as cash subsidies.

Extra cash will also be on offer to areas placed into Tier 2 and Tier 3.

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